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BAA traffic figures up 4.8% in January 2004

Passenger numbers at BAA`s seven UK airports continued to grow in January to a total of 9.3 million, 4.8% higher than…

Passenger numbers at BAA`s seven UK airports continued to grow in January to a total of 9.3 million, 4.8% higher than January 2003 and in line with projections.



Among key markets, the fastest growing was long haul (excluding North Atlantic traffic), up 10% on last year, while European scheduled traffic was 6.6% ahead of last January. North Atlantic traffic rose by 2.3% despite weather disruptions and intensified security measures. European charter traffic improved from a sequence of falling volumes, to record an increase of 1.6% in January.



In the South East there was growth at all the BAA airports. Heathrow added 3.4%, Gatwick grew by 2.9% and Stansted added 14.8%. There was an 84% rise at Southampton with the continued growth of FlyBe.



Scotland rose 0.1% compared to last January 2003. Last year the Scottish airports experienced very strong growth of low fare services, as airlines entered a period of aggressive marketing and there has been some contraction of the market since then.



Across the Group the number of air transport movements was up by 1.4% on last January and cargo activity continued its gradual recovery with a 2.6% increase.

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